As in Strasbourg, an interesting rainy day activity in Amsterdam is to take a boat trip around the city.
I call it a rainy day activity because when the weather is nice you will obviously prefer to be out cycling rather than just sitting in a boat.
There are several companies that do canal boat tours, leaving from the piers at the street called Damrak near the central station. I took a tour by a company called Rederij Plas, which was fine but I have no way of knowing if it was better or worse than any of the other tours.
As in Strasbourg, I was the only person on the boat who had a map and was following along to keep track of where we were going. I am always amazed that nobody else does this, as one of the main purposes of such a tour is to start getting oriented and start learning your way around.
At thirty-five different places on the tour there were recorded commentaries in Dutch, German, French and English, which were fun because I could try to understand some of the Dutch (which I have never learned, but can sometimes figure out from German and English), and then use the other three languages to see if I was right.
My photos in this post are from 2006. I revised the text in 2017.
Next: Cycling in Amsterdam
See also: Rainy day boat trip in Strasbourg.
2 thoughts on “Rainy day boat trip in Amsterdam”
“I was the only person on the boat who had a map…. I am always amazed that nobody else does this….” VT wasn’t there, the first time I traveled to new countries so I didn’t take a map either.
Don you are so funny! “…when the weather is nice you will obviously prefer to be out cycling rather than just sitting in a boat.” I would be choosing the seat on the boat! LOL!